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Back to Life


Published 1954




Producer Kane (Al) Productions
Sponsor Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Audio/Visual sound, color

Credits

Writter and Director: Al Kane. Bud Lambert: Marvin Stephens. Mrs. Lambert: Lee Stephens. Superintendent: Arthur P. Noves, M.D. Psychiatirst: Kenneth A. Kool, M.D. Social Worker: Frances Happerson, M.S.S. Family Doctor: Hilding Bengs, M.D. Rehabilitation Man: Maurice J. Reisman. Personnel Man: Alfred P. Hulme. Occupational Therapist: Lenora R. Graeff, O.T.R. Big Mike: Charles Vogel. Friend: Jack Donnegan. Old Timer: William Morgan. Bureau of Mental Health Staff, Department of Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Richard H. Williams, Ph.D. Professional Services Branch. National Institute of Mental Health. Photography: Henry V. Jovorsky. Assistant Photographer: Gene Friedman. Sound: Willard Goodman. Lighting: Vernon Chester-Roy Zeper. Film Editor: James Gaffney. Music: Corelli-Jacobs. Acknowledgments.

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Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2015
Subject: Yeah, Like He'll Know It When He Goes Goofy
Insight is not a feature of an attack of schizophrenia. It's a lot like a bad LSD trip.

This was before effective meds for psychosis became available. He could (and is likely) to go bonkers again. When and what will happen when the next bout of paranoia hits? Anybody's guess. Hope nobody gets punched in the nose.

I wonder how many wallets he made while in there.

I can see the masquerade ball as a good test of his sanity. Schizos can get quite upset in situations such as that.

Pretty good movie, but obviously made for viewing by families of committed folks - sorta to allay their fears. In those days schizos were retained for many years before release - generally required a couple years with no "episodes."
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2013
Subject: It's all because the bully kept stealing his smokes
Interesting drama about a guy who increasingly gets snippy at work and at home and is shipped off to a psych hospital. Unlike the delirious "Psychiatric Hospital", this guy's stay is a cakewalk, with the gentler approach seen. Interesting, probably used more for families then anything (though there's more focus on occupational therapy then normal, but why would they show this to employees?) This really glosses over everything, and is not TOTALLY valuable, but it does show a great breakdown.
Reviewer: phiftybuick - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 31, 2012
Subject: Back to Life
Interesting tale about a fellow who suffers from schizophrenia, and how it affects his life. Some of the acting isn't too good, but oh well.
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